Football News 2010 Football News 2010 Phillips Write-up
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Written by Allen J. Dunavant   
Sunday, 29 August 2010 00:00

Coming off their pre-season fall jamboree victory over the Tharptown Wildcats, the Lion football team traveled to Phillips High to kick-off the season facing the bears.

The Lions opened their schedule by facing the Bears in non-regional action.  Team Captains for the Lions were Senior players Phil Kizzire, Mikey McCraw, Caleb Tucker and Wade Tidwell.  The Bears won the coin toss and elected to receive the opening kick.  Hunter O'Mary's kick was received at the 44-yard line with the Lion defenders quickly bringing the Bear receiver to the ground.  Quarterback Jacob Williams lined-up under center and elected to use the passing attack on the first series moving the ball up field to the Lion 46-yard line.  After penalty flags moved the ball back across mid-field, the Bears fumbled the ball in the backfield, but managed to recover at their 42-yard line.  Facing third down and long yardage, Williams stuck with the passing attack but an incomplete pass brought up fourth down.  Facing fourth down and 21, Donnie Wilson lined up to punt the ball away.  Dillon Dillard was back to receive for the Lions, standing at the 35-yard line where he signaled for a fair catch, but the Lions were penalized for a personal foul moving the ball back to their 20-yard line where they set-up to start their offensive battle.

Jake McCollum, directing his offense to the field, took the snap from Taylor Oden and handed-off to Aaron Dillard who rushed over the right line of scrimmage with a large gain to the 46-yard line.  Dillon Tucker took the next hand-off and scampered up field to the Bears 49-yard line to bring up second down and 5.  A. Dillard wasted little time picking up the next set of downs for the Lions by picking up a first down at the 43-yard line.  O'Mary got the call to rush with the next attempt and was met at the line after a 2-yard gain.  Facing second down and 8, D. Tucker took the hand-off from McCollum and rushed around the outside line to the Bears 20-yard line where he was finally brought down by Camp and Matt Kelley.  With a new set of downs deep in the Bears red-zone, A. Dillard took the hand-off and raced to the end zone.  With 7:23 remaining in the first quarter the Lions were on the score board.  Although the Lions were penalized on The PAT attempt for time; the kick by A. Dillard was perfect, giving the Lions a seven point advantage early in the game.

O'Mary's ensuing kick was fielded near the 45-yard line by Jared Hyde who was met immediately by Mikey McCraw forcing a fumble, with McCraw recovering the loose ball.  McCollum led his offense back to the field with a first down at the Bears 45-yard line.  O'Mary got the call to carry the ball on first and gained six yards with a carry over the left side of the line of scrimmage.  Facing second and 4, the Lions were penalized for movement moving the ball back to the 44-yard line.  D. Dillard was met at the line for a big stop on second down to bring up third down and 9.  The Lions elected to try the passing attack on third down, but the connection with D. Tucker fell incomplete with coverage by Kelley.  Facing long yardage, O'Mary lined-up to punt the ball away, but faked the kick and connected with A. Dillard who fought his way to the 13-yard line giving the Lions another set of downs deep in the Bears red-zone.  On first down, D. Tucker wasted little time finding the end zone and the Lions were on the board again.  Following the kick by A. Dillard on the PAT, the Lions were up 14-0 with 4:32 remaining in the quarter.

O'Mary's ensuing kick was received by Caleb Clark who signaled for a fair catch at the 39-yard line.  Rodney Camp replaced Williams at Quarterback to lead the Bears on their offensive drive.  The Bear coaching staff elected to pursue the passing attack and on first down Camp connected with Williams who moved the ball across mid-field to the Lions 48-yard line before being stopped by Wade Tidwell and McCollum.  Sticking with the passing attack, Camp's next attempt fail incomplete.  Second down brought another pass from Camp, connecting with Austin Thompson who zig-zagged his way down field to the Lion 19-yard line before being brought down from behind by D. Tucker.  With a new set of downs, deep in Lion territory, the Bears stuck with the passing attack.  Camp attempted a connection with Jordan McCarley but Aldridge was on coverage to break up the attempt.   On second down, D. Tucker and W. Tidwell burst through the line and sacked Camp in the backfield for an 11-yard loss bringing up third down.  Camp went for the end zone on third down, but David Aldridge intercepted his pass just beyond the goal line to give the Lions possession at the 20-yard line.

First down brought misery for the Lions as they were penalized again for movement.  Facing second and 15, D. Tucker took the hand-off from McCollum and rushed up the middle for a first down for the Lions at their 31-yard line.  D. Dillard picked up an additional eight yards on the next carry moving the ball to the 39-yard line before being tackled by Chandler Heatherly and Stephen Stiles.  Facing third down and 1, McCollum on a keeper rushed behind his blockers and moved the ball forward to the Lion 48-yard line picking up another set of downs for the Lion offense.   On first down, A. Dillard was stopped at the line by Blake Wilson, bringing up second down and 10 for the Lions.  Reverting to the passing attack, McCollums attempt fell incomplete to bring up third down.  O'Mary rushed up the middle successfully gaining enough yardage for the first down before being stopped by a host of Bears.  A. Dillard then carried the ball rushing to his right before cutting back across the middle of the field where he was brought down by Kelley and host.  With a new set of downs, A. Dillard continued carrying the rushing attack and picked up additional yardage moving the ball deep into the Bears red-zone.  Following a penalty on the Bears, the Lions found themselves with another set of downs at the 33-yard line.  O'Mary got the call to carry the ball and inched closer to the end-zone with his rushing attempt picking up another first down for the Lions at the 28-yard line.  With the snap of the ball, D. Dillard rushed his way to the end zone fighting off tackles for the score.  On the PAT attempt, the Lions failed with a two-point conversion attempt.  With 9:45 remaining in the half, the Lions were in control 20-0.

Heatherly fielded O'Mary's ensuing kick at the 33-yard line and was brought down immediately by Caleb Tucker.  Sticking with the passing attack, Camp attempted to connect with Williams on first down but D. Tucker was there for the coverage.  Camp connected with Clark on second down with a short pass with Clark racing up the middle across mid-field to the Lion 45-yard line where McCraw made the tackle.  First down brought another pass from Camp, but the ball was over-thrown bringing up second down.  Camp connected with Thompson on second down with McCraw making the stop after a 2-yard gain.  Facing third down and 8, Camp attempted to connect with Thompson again but Aldridge stepped in front of the receiver almost intercepting the ball, to break up the passing threat.  Facing fourth down, Camp passed deep attempting to connect with Williams but the ball fell incomplete turning the possession over to the Lions on downs.

A. Dillard took the hand-off on first down and pushed his way up the middle of the field, bouncing off tacklers rushing to the Bears 44-yard line for an excellent gain.  D. Tucker then rushed over the left line of scrimmage where he was met by a host of Bears for the stop at the 40-yard line.  Facing second down and six, D. Tucker was determined to find the end zone and with the snap of the ball he did just that racing untouched across the goal-line for another Lion touchdown.  The Lions attempted another two-point conversion on the PAT and the pass to O'Mary was perfect, with O'Mary racing to the end zone untouched to bring the score to 28-0 in favor of the Lions.

D. Wilson's kick sailed out of bounds at the Lion 39-yard line setting up the Lion offense.  McCollum handed the ball off to D. Tucker on first down where he was met at the line of scrimmage for a 1-yard gain before being stopped by the Bears.  A. Dillard got the call to carry on second down and rushed up the middle across mid-field to the Bear 47-yard line before being tackled by D. Wilson.  D. Dillard was called upon to move the ball and he rushed over the left line picking up another first down before being stopped at the 32-yard line.  McCollum reverted to his passing skills, connecting with A. Dillard who fought his way to the 19-yard line before D. Wilson could make the tackle.  D. Dillard took the hand-off on the next snap and burst his way up the middle fighting his way toward the goal line with D. Wilson dragging him down for the stop at the 6-yard line.  D. Dillard was determined to find pay-dirt and he did just that with the next snap of the ball crossing the goal line with 1:01 remaining in the first half of play.  The PAT attempt, a kick by A. Dillard was perfect and the Lions continued building their lead 35-6.

Deep to receive the ensuing kick from McCraw, Thompson stood near the 10-yard line.  McCraw's kick was fielded by Thompson at the 16-yard line and advanced out to the Lion 49-yard line where McCraw made the saving stop.  First down brought Camp with another passing connection, this time to D. Wilson who advanced to the 44-yard line where Kizzire made the stop for the Lions.  Landon Miller made his presence on the field know on second down, sacking Camp in the backfield.  Sticking with the passing attack, Camp's pass to Clark was broken-up by Aldridge on third down but on fourth down, Camp connected with B. Wilson at the 35-yard line with McCraw making immediate contact for the stop with 4.1 seconds remaining in the half.  With a first down and time expiring, Camp went deep toward the end zone but D. Dillard made the interception returning the ball out to the Lion 20-yard line as time expired on the first half of play.

To start the second half of play, D. Wilson's on-side kick was recovered by Miller at the Lion 45-yard line.  First down brought O'Mary on the rushing attempt up the middle for a 2 yard gain.  D. Dillard took the hand-off on second and scampered around the left side for short yardage before Stiles and a host of defenders made the stop.  Facing third down and 7 at their 46-yard line, D. Dillard took the hand-off from McCollum and followed the blocking of Kizzire to race to the Bears 20-yard line to put the Lion offense in excellent field position.  McCollum connected with Aldridge on a pass with Aldridge stretching just short of the goal before being stopped by Williams.  After an off sides penalty against the Bears, McCollum fought to the end zone on a keeper with 8:20 showing on the clock.  Following the PAT attempt, kick by A. Dillard which was off to the left, the Lions lead was 41-6.

McCraw's ensuing kick was fielded at the 28-yard line by Kelley who fought his way out to the 38-yard line where Miller made the stop for the Lions.  Camp connected through the air with Williams on first down with Williams stretching to catch the ball just before going out of bounds at the Lion 49-yard line.  Following a penalty for movement the Bears were set up at their 46-yard line with Camp attempting an over the middle pass to B. Wilson, but the ball fell incomplete.  Camp did connect with J. McCarley on second down with a pass completion at the Lions 40-yard line.  Facing third and inches, Camp then connected with Williams who fought his way to the 32-yard line setting up another set of downs for the Bears.  Sticking with the passing attack, Camp attempted to connect with B. Wilson but D. Dillard was on the money to break up the pass deep near the goal line.  Second down brought another attempt from Camp to B. Wilson but A. Dillard was on coverage for the Lions.  Third down brought the Lion attack, with Miller, D. Tucker, W. Tidwell and Ellis fighting across the line to sack Camp back at the Lion 40 yard line.  Going deep on fourth down, Camp attempted to connect with B. Wison over the middle but McCollum was there to defend for the Lions.  The incomplete pass turned the ball over to the Lions.

McCollum lined up under center at the Lion 40-yard line and after moving the ball across mid-field close to the Bears red-zone the Lions faced fourth down and 6.  McCollums pass intended for Corey Stewart fell incomplete turning the ball over to the Bears on downs.  The Lion offense had success in taking time off the clock, allowing the Bear offense just one snap before time expired on the third quarter.  With the start of the fourth quarter, also came the threat of thunderstorms as the wind and lightning could be seen approaching south of the stadium.  Facing second down and 12, B. Wilson took the hand-off and rushed around the left line where W. Tidwell made the tackle for the Lions.  On third down, Camp connected with Williams who fought to the Bears 46-yard line where D. Dillard and McCollum made the stop.  Sticking with the passing attack, Camp connected over the middle with Clark who rumbled to the Lion 40-yard line where Aldridge made the stop for the Lions.  With another set of downs, Camp continued the passing attack but his next three passing attempts fell incomplete.  On fourth down, Camp did connect with B. Wilson over the middle with Kizzire making the stop for the Lions near the 5-yard line.  First down brought Camp fighting for his life to avoid a sack, forcing him to throw the ball away.  Second down brought more misery for Camp as Ellis and Miller sacked him at the 12-yard line.  On third down Camps pass over the middle to Williams was thrown too high and fell incomplete setting up fourth down and goal.  The Lion defense helped the Bears cause and was penalized for jumping off sides to move the ball to the 7-yard line.  Camp had his sights set on a touch down on fourth down, but Aldridge was there to defend for the Lions breaking up the pass in the corner of the end zone to turn the ball over to the Lions.

D. Dillard lined-up at Quarterback to led the Lion offensive attack.  On first down, O'Mary took the hand-off and rushed up the middle for a nine yard gain before being brought down by Jon Hyde.  O'Mary continued his rushing attacks moving the ball put was forced to punt the ball away to the Bears after the Lions failed to pick up yardage for the first down.  O'Mary's punt was fielded at the Bear 44-yard line by D. Wilson who returned the ball to the Lion 33-yard line before being brought down for the stop.

Camp attempted a pass to connect with McCarley on first down but the ball was overthrown.  On second down Camp connected with Williams who fought his way to the Lion 10-yard line before the Lion defenders could make the stop.  Facing first down and goal at the 7, the Bears stuck with their passing attack and Camp connected with his receiver to break the plain.  With 1:48 remaining in the game the Bears continued their fight going for a two point conversion on the PAT.  The conversion attempt was successful with Camp connecting with Williams in the end zone.

D. Wilsons onside kick attempt rolled out of bounds at the Lion 43-yard line.  D. Dillard returned the Lion offense to the field and on first down O'Mary took the hand-off up the middle for short yardage gain.  Second down brought O'Mary with another rushing attempt where he was met at the line by a host of Bears making the stop as time expired on the game clock.  The Lions were victorious leaving James E. Glass Stadium with a score of 41-14, just before the threatening storms appeared.

The Lions will kick-off region 7 play this week by hosting the South Lamar Stallions at Wiley Hollingsworth Stadium at 7pm.

Comments from Coach Lamar Harris following the game:

"This win tonight is a great way for our guys to start the season.  We followed our game plan and it paid off.  We told the guys repeatedly through out the week that if we stuck to our game plan we could come away with a victory.  We've focused on three things all week in preparing for the game.  Big plays; we knew coming into this game tonight that the past years had shown a Phillips team that always brought a good offensive battle to the field and the big plays usually determined the out come of our games against them.  We wanted the big plays to fall on our side of the game tonight and I feel that they did.  Ball possession; knowing that we had to keep the ball out of their hands and away from their go-to-guys with every possession.  We focused on our running game and the opportunities to keep the ball on our side, moving down the field and taking time off the clock with us as we moved down field.  The kicking game; we used the kicking game to our advantage tonight.  The on-side kick was a big opportunity which we had practiced and it paid off.  Due to the assets of our kicking game we had three big plays which contributed to our win."

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